In addition to the general power to release a prisoner temporarily1, there is power available to the Secretary of State2 to order a temporary and conditional discharge of a prisoner on grounds of ill health3. Accordingly, if the Secretary of State is satisfied that by reason of the condition of the prisoner's health it is undesirable to detain him in prison4 but that, since his condition is due in whole or in part to the prisoner's own conduct in prison, it is desirable that his release should be temporary and conditional only, the Secretary of State may, if he
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